How to Make Children's Tutus Out of Bags

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How to Make Children's Tutus Out of Bags
You don't have to be a ballerina to enjoy a good tutu. (ballerina image by chinatiger from

A plastic bag tutu is a fun and fashionable way to make use of plastic grocery bags that might otherwise end up in the landfill. According to National Geographic, consumers use between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags worldwide every year. Some are recycled back into more grocery bags or other products, but many end up in the landfill. Making a plastic bag tutu is not only a green project; it makes a unique accessory or addition to a dress-up box.

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Things you need

  • 1/2-inch elastic
  • 18 to 25 grocery bags
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Staples

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  1. 1

    Staple the ends of the elastic together, overlapping them by 1 inch on each side. This is the waistband of the tutu and should fit around your waist without stretching much.

  2. 2

    Lay each bag flat on a table. Cut each bag down along the inside edge of each handle to the bottom of the bag. Cut along the bottom of the bag to separate the middle into two squares.

  3. 3

    Pick up each square from the middle, pinching the centre to form a peak. Wrap about 1 inch of each peak around the waistband, and staple in place. Make sure that the smooth part of each staple faces in toward your body.

  4. 4

    Continue stapling the bag squares around the waistband until the skirt is as full as you would like it.

Tips and warnings

  • For a longer skirt, use rectangles from kitchen-sized trash bags.
  • This skirt is not appropriate for small children, and do not let children wear it without supervision.

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